[Buddha-l] Buddha & Business
jkirk at spro.net
Tue Apr 12 16:55:42 MDT 2011
Good points, Aryacitta.
However, I wasn't on about the making of money but the
transformation of everything into commodities-- the imposition of
a totalistic marketplace.
Plus, what I see as another concern, which is the partition of
things into saleabilities. Isn't meditation part of a larger
picture? Isn't it integrated into a way of life that is more
beneficial to humans than making money?
OK you will say, tell that to he homeless, the jobless, the
Well there is Right Livelihood.
Maybe this could be seen as a modern interpretation. I'd have
thought as long as it avoids greed hatred and delusion it will be
ok! Making money isn't automatically wrong. Its only the monks
who are not encouraged to have anything to do with money. Lay
Buddhists like me can make as much as they want! Which I hasten
to add is not very much in the grand scale of things.
> there are strange things happening in the Low Countries. Some
> Buddhists in the Netherlands who are in some kind of commercial
> think they can enhance their success by (ab)using Buddhist
> concepts. See f.i.
> Itemid=69 and http://www.karmanomics.com/index1.php .
> At the moment there's a discussion going on on the subject.
> commercial Buddhists claim that it is OK to mix Buddhism and
> because it is a way to penetrate the field of capital with
> values. The opponents claim that the only reason why Buddha
> doesn't turn around and around in his grave is that he has been
> cremated. My argument that this practice is very unusual in
> traditional Buddhist countries has not made much weight because
> feel free to do as they please thinking they are inventing
> I personally think these people make a fool of themselves, but
> is that it may corrupt the reputation of Buddhism in general.
> My question is: do any of you remember cases like this and
> of Buddhist teachers?
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